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Indonesian protesters condemn Israel's attacks JAKARTA - Thousands of Muslim protesters have flooded the main streets of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, condemning continuing Israeli attacks on the Palestinian territories and Lebanon that have killed scores of civilians. The Government of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has called on Israel to stop the strikes and urged the disputing parties to get back to the negotiating table.

Around 6,000 supporters of the Muslim-oriented Prosperous Justice party (PKS), chanted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest). They also waved Palestinian, Lebanese and Indonesian flags as they marched around a central Jakarta roundabout. Loudspeakers blared out anti-Israel songs. "A few troops are captured and Israel goes on killing so many innocent civilians, bombing cities and destroying public facilities from power to waterworks. How can we not show our care about this?" said protester Soni Suardi.

"The Arab states must rise and stop sitting silent when their neighbours are being annihilated. "Are there no more men in that region who dare to stand up against Israel?" Some rally participants burned mock Israeli flags and repeatedly trampled on a white cloth which bore the Star of David before the crowd dispersed at midday. Israel pounded Beirut's southern suburbs today, the fifth successive day of an offensive on Lebanon.

It says the onslaught, which has killed more than 100 people, all but four of them civilians, is meant to cripple Hezbollah and force Lebanon to dislodge the Syrian- and Iranian-backed group from its southern border strongholds. Hezbollah has rained about 700 rockets on a score of towns in northern Israel, killing four Israelis, since it provoked the latest conflict by capturing two Israeli soldiers and killing eight in a cross-border raid on Wednesday.

The campaign in Lebanon coincides with an offensive Israel launched in the Gaza Strip in late June to try to retrieve another captured soldier and halt Palestinian rocket fire.



Posted in Protests @ 16 July 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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